sfor·​zan·​do | \ sfȯrt-ˈsän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce sforzando (audio) , -ˈsan- \

Definition of sforzando

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: played with prominent stress or accent used as a direction in music

sforzando

noun
plural sforzandos or sforzandi\ sfȯrt-​ˈsän-​(ˌ)dē How to pronounce sforzandi (audio) , -​ˈsan-​ \

Definition of sforzando (Entry 2 of 2)

: an accented tone or chord

First Known Use of sforzando

Adjective or adverb

circa 1801, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sforzando

Adjective or adverb

Italian, verbal of sforzare to force

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“Sforzando.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sforzando. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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